WILLISTON - Armand J. Routhier, 92, passed away on May 16, 2013, at the Respite House in Williston, Vt., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1920, in St. Malo, Quebec, the son of the late Matthias Routhier and Exilda (Madore) Routhier. He was predeceased by his first wife, Arlene (Ste. Marie) Routhier, in 1967. In 1969, he married Georgette (Theberge) Routhier.
Mr. Routhier was a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II
, who served in the 34th Division of the 995 Field Artillery in the European-African-Middle East Campaign from 1941-45. He received the Bronze Star
, European-African-Middle East Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and American Service Medal. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks.
Armand retired in 1983 from the Vermont State Highway Department, which he faithfully served for 36 years in District 9, Newport. He lived in Westfield for several years.
In addition to Georgette, his wife of 44 years, he is survived by his daughter, Frances A. Routhier, of Williston; and his son, Monsignor Peter A. Routhier, of Burlington; his wife Georgette's four children: Joanne Moeykens, of Newport, Robert and Claudette Ste. Marie, of Waterbury Center, Carol and Paul Comtois, of West Charleston, Lisa Ste. Marie, of Cleveland, Tenn.; as well as nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one sister, Jeanne Gonyea, of Webster, Mass., and three sisters-in law: Jeannine Choquette, Monique Theberge and Anna Routhier.
Armand was predeceased by his brothers, Theodore, Urbain and Felicien, and his sisters Mary Fassette and Theresa Paquet.
Armand was, first and foremost, a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He delighted in teasing one and all. He took pride in gardening, his train collections, puzzles and winning at cards. He was always grateful for any kindness and care shown to him, whatever the occasion. His unwavering faith and love will be the family's inheritance. The family will always be grateful for the care provided by Dr. Mary Dill, Dr. Mark Plante, VNA, and the Respite House during his extended illness.
Calling hours will be Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. (prayers will be offered at 3 and 8 p.m.) at the Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Home in Burlington at 85 N. Winooski Ave.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral on Allen Street in Burlington on Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, Vt.
Armand had requested that any donations be made to the Restoration Fund of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Steeple.
Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.